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Wooden Shjips
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Hailing from San Francisco, psychedelic group Wooden Shjips, has just released their newest album Back to Land. The album brings together a sound crafted from inspirations that range from psychedelic music to classic rock.

The album is an entire trip in itself.  One can hear hints of 80s music, classic rock, and modern garage rock styles in the record, but they always resolve back to their classic psychedelic sound. With tracks like “In The Roses,” which brings a very spacey, low volume vocals, and a lo-fi sound that is not too cheesy or under produced. to “Ghouls,” which is a much faster, much more psychedelic rock sounding song that takes influences from classic rock guitar chords, while still utilizing classic psychedelic synthesizers.

Most songs on the album carry a jam-band sound, without becoming too abstract or getting too carried away. And in some cases, the music is so vast in genre diversity, one is surprised at the resulting sound, such as in the track, “These Shadows”, which starts off with an extremely catchy intro guitar riff and carries a vague David Bowie meets Velvet Underground sound.

“Back to Land” is a great piece of work that utilizes the potential of each member of Wooden Shjips effectively and thoroughly.

Most importantly, “Back to Land” is an experimentation of how far the psychedelic genre can stretch while still successfully staying true to its roots.


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Oakland's Wicked Man is an undeniably unique act with influences ranging from Fela Kuti and Ali Farka Touré to the songwriting prowess of John Prine and Andrew Bird. The group’s new single, Soil Leaking Water is an eclectic blend of bluesy fingerpicking, soaring synths, electronic drums, and darkly haunting vocal melodies.

The track is birthed in sounds of sweltering, trance­-like guitar licks, comes of age in its jazzy­pop­funk groove, and builds strength with eclectic frontman Yonatan Tietz’s soulful vocals, keyboard master Andrew Kunz’s synth work and drummer/percussive coordinator Max Denny’s self­-sampled electronic functions. As a band, their sound has evolved and expanded upon the bold 2014 debut Fingership EP, growing into a more intricate tapestry of fantastically enticing rhythms that leaves us all chomping for more.

Give this track a listen. Hell, give this track ten listens. Put it on at yer July 4th backyard BBQ. It’ll grow on you, that’s for sure. Wicked Man will be releasing their next EP in September and touring the West Coast in the fall. More info is available on their official website, wicked­man.com. - Justin Kohlberg

July 06, 2015
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We’ve learned that the Bay Area has the unique opportunity to hear composer, Bryce Dessner (of the Brookyln based indie rock band, The National) perform his orchestral composition, St. Carolyn by the Sea (for orchestra and two electric guitars) at Pier 27 on the Embarcadero from 12-2 pm.

The event is hosted by the San Francisco Symphony and it’s going to be cool to see the city get a little bit of postmodern classical music whiffing and whirling through the air!

Not a lot of people know that Bryce Dessner is a classically-trained musician and he’s written a lot of orchestral/classical pieces. He’ll also be performing works by Beethoven and Stravinsky, and a piece called Mountain by another young composer named David Lang.

You can take your friends and family to this event...and this is probably the best cheap date opportunity of the year!

July 06, 2015
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The popular San Francisco based electro pop artists, Painted Palms have released a new single entitled, Tracers after returning from a bit of a hiatus. We’re excited to hear some new music from them and are equally excited to hear that they’re set to release their full length album, Horizons on September 4th on Polyvinyl.

Check out this fresh new track that is more upbeat than their earlier work which was darker, more washed out and somber. We like what they were doing then and we dig what they’re doing now. Check out this track and we’ll keep you posted on when they line up local live performances.

July 03, 2015
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The San Francisco based avant indie-folk rock band, Owl Paws has given us the opportunity to share their new ballad, Eyes Of The Prey from their upcoming debut full length album, Reservoir. Our recent coverage of Rin Tin Tiger’s new single and upcoming album ties into the endeavors of Owl Paws, as the bands are celebrating together with a double album release show at The Independent on July 10th with Growwler.

Owl Paws' sound and rhythms veer more towards indie rock and less towards folk and country, giving them a crisp and contemporary feel. Their new single, Eyes Of The Prey is a sentimental and honest ballad that sounds airy, but is also mixed with a tinge of loneliness that seems to reflect a bit of the isolating element of modern times. The lyrics are somewhat abstract, but they do reflect the band’s understanding of the depth of human emotion and experience.

The band’s full length album, Reservoir will be released digitally via Bandcamp on July 7th. We’re excited for their new album and hope you’ll support this local band’s art and efforts.

July 01, 2015
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The San Francisco based psychedelic gospel band, Lee Gallagher and the Hallelujah will be performing live at Slim’s in San Francisco on July 8th. They haven’t played a Bay Area show since April so if you’ve missed them, this will be your opportunity to experience their entrancing live show again.

The band will be supporting the fresh, postmodern blues rock band, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas. This is going to be an exciting show because the energy and poignancy of both band’s understanding of throwback American music shines through their music. We love their interpretations of blues and gospel and appreciate the authenticity of their musical execution. These bands are pros and they play like it.

Lee Gallagher and Jessica Hernandez' voices will pretty much blow you away. Make your way out to Slim’s on July 8th! You won’t regret it.

June 30, 2015
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The San Francisco based avant indie band, The Dodos are set to put on a special performance at California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco on July 9th. The band is continuing to support their sixth studio album, Individ which was released in January.

Individ is an intensely jaunty, tight sonic ride.” Long & Kroeber showed off a new set of skills in the video for the single, “Competition”, and completed a video trilogy with “Goodbyes & Endings”. Individ is the opening of a new chapter for the Dodos, recorded right on the heels of 2013’s Carrier, writing the material as they went, quickly, without questioning, drawing on instinct and the knowledge one gains from performing with the same person for nearly a decade.

One thing you can count on is that this show is going to be interesting and will set you in an environment that is very different from the average music venue! Don’t miss this special opportunity to see The Dodos in a unique artistic setting!

June 29, 2015
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